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Disappointment runs deep as 'blade runner' walks free

Disappointment runs deep as 'blade runner' walks freeSep. 15 (GIN) – The upset decision by Judge Thokozile Masipa that found Olympian Oscar Pistorius not guilty for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp stunned South Africans who had been glued to the trial since the gavel first pounded the court to order last March.
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New report details statewide access to earned sick time benefits in Minnesota

New report details statewide access to earned sick time benefits in MinnesotaSt. Paul, MN – TakeAction Minnesota and the Institute for Women's Policy Research released a new statewide analysis recently, detailing access rates to earned sick time leave across the state of Minnesota. The new report breaks down data by gender, race and ethnicity, occupation, hours worked and earnings level. Overall, the report concludes that 41% of Minnesota workers lack access to even a single day of earned sick time off.
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Ferguson—A tipping point for national Black youth voter turnout?

Ferguson—A tipping point for national Black youth voter turnout?WASHINGTON, D.C. (New America Media) - A week before National Voter Registration Day Tuesday, September 23, civil rights leaders hope to increase African American youth voter turnout by citing the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., a city where only 12 percent of registered voters turned out to vote in the last city council elections.
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UN criticizes US on racial justice issues raised by Minnesotans

UN criticizes US on racial justice issues raised by MinnesotansGeneva, Switzerland – A United Nations (UN) human rights committee composed of human rights laws experts from 18 countries and charged with monitoring U.S. compliance with its obligations under the racial justice treaty issued a report ("Concluding Observations"), critical of U.S. performance in 18 areas, many of which had been raised in Shadow Reports filed by Minnesotans.
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Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy: Disaster inequality

Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy: Disaster inequalityWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Just before Labor Day 2005, the world was stunned as images of Gulf Coast citizens, trudged through chaos and stagnant floodwaters, strewn with the debris of wrecked buildings and storm-tossed earth. The sights seemed to replay just before Halloween 2012, as coastal New York and New Jersey waded in icy waters and picked through the rubble of their destroyed property.
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Medtronic, United Way team up to reduce health disparities

Medtronic, United Way team up to reduce health disparitiesThe Greater Twin Cities United Way and Medtronic Philanthropy recently announced a joint-initiative aimed at improving engagement with community leaders and organizations to build a coalition aimed at reducing healthcare disparities.
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Early voting begins Sept. 19, makes it easier than ever to make your voice heard

Early voting begins Sept. 19, makes it easier than ever to make your voice heardFrom paying bills and shopping online to keeping up with friends on Facebook, there is no doubt that technology and convenience play a huge role in our lives.
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The cooperative response to living on the edge, and frontier

The cooperative response to living on the edge, and frontierCooperative business leaders and community development activists will study the almost invisible but 230-year history of African American experiences with co-ops, including credit unions and mutual insurances, at a series of major events this month in the Twin Cities.
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Six reasons why Hmong Americans should vote this year

Six reasons why Hmong Americans should vote this yearHistorically, the Hmong community has had one of the lowest voter turnouts, but with outreach campaigns there have been considerable advances made in increasing a Hmong voting bloc in Minnesota.
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Black lawyers to challenge police brutality in 25 cities

Black lawyers to challenge police brutality in 25 citiesWASHINGTON (NNPA) – In an effort to combat police brutality in the Black community, the National Bar Association (NBA) recently announced plans to file open records requests in 25 cities to study allegations of police misconduct.
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The Goal: Equality & Justice for All: Spike Moss reflects on history and recent events

The Goal: Equality & Justice for All: Spike Moss reflects on history and recent events"They stood up for us," said Spike Moss, NAACP Community Action Chair, referring to generations of African-Americans in the pursuit of increased civil rights and freedom from oppression in America. "But Ferguson may be the turning point," Moss continued, referring to the killing of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo.
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